Otros medios | WorldFishing: New working groups focus on UK Shellfish
Friday, November 20, 2020
Three new groups have been formed to provide a forum for industry, regulators and researchers to improve the management of shellfish fisheries around the UK.
The Shellfish Industry Advisory Group (SIAG) is focused on the strategic issues and is covering trade issues, competition for marine space and the management measures that need to be in place to ensure the sustainable management of individual species.
A key priority for the SIAG is the development of a National Shellfish Fisheries Plan. Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and chair of the SIAG, said that shellfish was the UKs most valuable fishery. “In 2019 over 137,000 tonnes of shellfish were landed in the UK, at a value of over £370 million,” he said.
The Council has concluded an informal agreement with the European Parliament on how to distribute the budget of € 6.18 billion from the European Maritime Fund for Fisheries and Aquaculture (FEMPA) 2021-2027 to maintain and modernize the sector. This has been announced by the Council itself, which highlights that the new FEMPA will particularly support small-scale coastal fishing and promote aquaculture. The negotiated text also aims to simplify the processes to unlock funds and improve results.
"The agreement we have reached is a clear indicator of how we want our future in fishing to be: safe, sustainable, innovative and crisis-proof," said Julia Klöckner, Germany's Minister of Food and Agriculture.
Source: iPac.acuicultura | Read the full articlehere
The rise in salmon prices which sent a few industry pulses racing just over a week ago seems to have been short-lived, the latest figures from Norway suggest.
Fresh or chilled salmon fell back by 1.9 per cent to NOK 47.67 between week 47 and week 48, which is higher than the 1.3 per cent increase reported by Statistics Norway last month. Prices are now more than 24 per cent than this time last year. However, export levels at 24,964 tonnes in week 48 were slightly up.
The price per kilo of frozen salmon (excluding by products) at NOK 50.44, was 4.4 per cent lower than the week before and 15.7 per cent lower than the same week in 2019. In the period, 496 kilos of frozen salmon were exported. This is an increase of 70.4 per cent from week 47.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
Restaurant organizations are reacting both positively and negatively to a new USD 908 billion (EUR 751 billion) COVID-19 relief bill proposed by a group of U.S. legislators.
Due to renewed indoor dining restrictions in several U.S. cities and states, many restaurants are temporarily – or permanently – shutting their doors, and many others are struggling to stay afloat. Seafood suppliers, distributors, and wholesalers are, in turn, taking a hit from the widespread closures.
The congressional proposal, which includes USD 228 billion (EUR 189 billion) for Paycheck Protection Program subsidies focused on small businesses and additional unemployment benefits, is an effort to compromise on an economic stimulus package, which legislators could not agree on before the November election, The Washington Post reported.
Author: Christine Blank / SEafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Portland, Maine – New dates for the 2021 edition of the in-person event, Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, have been released. The event, which was recently postponed from March 14-16, will be held on July 11-13, 2021 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The expo will bring seafood suppliers and buyers from the North American market back together for three days of business meetings, networking and educational sessions.
“While the summer is an untraditional time of year for this event, we are pleased to have been able to find new dates in 2021 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center that will allow our seafood community to gather once again,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice-President, Diversified Communications. “We’ve had conversations with seafood buyers and industry professionals who have expressed the need to reconnect and are eager to meet in-person in July.”
Fire took hold in the fishroom of freezer trawler Baffin Bay while alongside in Vigo early yesterday morning and by evening the extent of the damage made it clear that the trawler is beyond saving.
The fire is believed to be connected to welding work being done on board. Despite the presence of three harbour tugs spraying the stricken trawler with water, after five hours, an explosion occurred in the engine room.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
A modern system, based on artificial intelligence and implemented by the Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, has successfully passed its pilot phase and is expected to enter a trial period in 2021.
The pilot system successfully identified and classified more than 80% of commercially important fish images that were entered into the Artificial Intelligence system.
Jorge Cornejo, Doctor in Marine Sciences and project manager, mentioned that “based on this achievement, it is expected to create an automatic fishing registration program. This program will use images obtained during the fishing and unloading operations of the main fisheries in the south central zone of the country. Given the large amount of image information that is obtained in each fishing operation and the number of fishing vessels in Chile, the proposed program helps to improve the analysis and effective use of this information for research. In this way, the pilot program has managed to classify the target species of the fishery, and in the future it is expected to incorporate the classification of the accompanying fauna. This will make it possible to modernize the management of sampling and data collection for fisheries monitoring studies ”.
This Project was carried out for a year, and is part of the performance agreements that IFOP has with the Corporation for the Promotion of Production CORFO. IFOP workers Jorge Cornejo (head of IFOP Talcahuano), Judith Castillo, Guillermo Bendel, Aldo Poblete and Enrique Fernández, external advisor on artificial intelligence, participated in the project.
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the economy of the productive sectors upside down. One of the most affected and harmed groups has been fishing. Hundreds of sailors and shellfishmen had to go out to fish without having any type of protection and with the dismay of seeing that in the first moments of confinement the price of their product fell dramatically. Even so, the Galician fleet remained afloat. After nine months of shocks, La Voz de Galicia organized a discussion forum in the Ribeira fish market to take the pulse of the Galician fishing sector, entitled Weaknesses and strengths in the face of covid-19. Opportunities for improvement in the marketing of seafood.
Author: J.M Jamardo / La Voz de Galicia | Read the full articlehere
ECSA, the European Community Shipowners' Associations, has celebrated the recent UN resolution, by which seafarers are considered "essential workers" - a demand on the table since last March after the outbreak of the pandemic - and has also supported the request of the International Maritime Organization for a "priority vaccination" to this professional group that encompasses different sectors.
In its opinion, the UN calls on all countries to designate seafarers and other maritime workers as key workers with the aim of implementing the relevant measures to allow seafarers to be repatriated and to facilitate crew changes, in addition to considering the priority vaccination of seafarers.
Source: Fisheries Industries | Read the full article here
A new initiative designed to lessen humanity’s negative impacts on the world’s oceans has been signed by 14 countries.
Several of the countries belonging to the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a consortium of ocean-dependent countries founded in 2018 to initiate action to improve global marine sustainability efforts, announced the Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity initiative on Tuesday, 1 December.
Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau, and Portugal have agreed to jointly pursue a policy agenda of commitments (called Transformations)
Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full articlehere
Between 120,000 and 130,000 salmon have escaped from a cage at a farm run by Tasmanian salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture.
The escape of the fish, which have an average weight of 550 grams, resulted from a long tear in a net and is the second escape fish loss in the space of nine days for Huon.
Last week it announced that between 50,000 and 52,000 fish with an average weight of 4kg had escaped after a fire on a pen at its Zuidpool lease in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel melted the infrastructure above and just below the waterline.
Author: Gareth Moore / fishfarmingexpert | Read the full articlehere
Ongoing with the renewal of the green fleet Norway
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